Like the title character from Curtis Mayfield’s masterpiece, Pusherman, I’m here to sling some speed at you. With league titles on the line, the chase for every counting stat has reached a head. Check out these speed merchants to get a leg up in steals. Below is a chart of stolen bases against by catcher…

  • Roman Quinn: The Phillies get three games against the Mets later this week. Put a big red circle around Friday vs Steven Matz and Saturday vs Noah Syndergaard. They lead the league in steals against a pitcher with 25 and 26 respectively. Quinn has been playing fairly regularly and a long leash to run. His .484 OBP the last two weeks isn’t sustainable, but he’s showing a great hit tool.
  • Ramon Laureno: Added by popular demand. Drawing walks and getting hits to get on base. Also has a hose of an arm.
  • Eric Young, Jr.: He should draw a couple starts against Texas lefties Jeffrey Springs and Mike Minor. Young has always had a good split against LHP and he’s been running more in the last month (4 SBs in August).
  • Joey Wendle: Four swipes in the last two weeks and getting a series against Toronto. Russell Martin has struggled all year.
  • Alex Gordon: Somebody’s feeling better. Gordon had a hot streak early on but got dinged up like usual. He’s on mission lately, taking 5 bags the last 14 days. That’s likely to continue against the Indians and Twins who are both below average.
  • Saves Chase: Chaz Roe. Sergio Romo hasn’t pitched in a week. Roe and Jose Alvarado are the likely fill-ins while Romo’s rested. Alvarado got the last save, but he’s a lefty and you know how that goes.
Name Team SB CS
Jonathan Lucroy OAK 60 24
Russell Martin TOR 58 16
Omar Narvaez CHW 58 19
Jorge Alfaro PHI 56 20
Robinson Chirinos TEX 48 6
Yasmani Grandal LAD 45 15
Mitch Garver MIN 45 10
Tucker Barnhart CIN 44 16
Kevin Plawecki NYM 43 9
James McCann DET 42 22

 

  1. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    till we find out about romo (cough cough, holding somebody hostage somewhere, possibly in tandem with chapman, who got bored while being on DL) i guess can’t drop him yet, but AL only with holds and saves sold separately, have brach/romo/alvarado/hildy drop brach for any of: pressly (love how at MIN he was their best pitcher but got no leverage innings while bums like reed continued to all year, but as soon as he gets to HOU he’s 7th or 8th inning man, and now rondon might be gone) or j.anderson (LAA FINALLY getting some holds after months of no chances, just odd on that) or kelly (seems over whatever the F he was going through for about 2 months and back to early season usefulness)?

    we still get the stats if a guy is traded away from AL midseason (brach), but if dropped nobody can pick him up again.

    • Roto-Wan says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Anderson probably gives you the best shot at some holds with decent peripherals. It’s tough to throw Brach away for good, but that pens been all over the map with roles and and there’s not much time left.

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Roto-Wan: yeah and if/when the viz gets back it’ll only get worse for brach.

  2. Roto-Wan

    Roto-Wan says:
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    Anderson probably gives you the best shot at some holds with decent peripherals. It’s tough to throw Brach away for good, but that pens been all over the map with roles and and there’s not much time left.

  3. MALARKY says:
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    Do you expect Mallex Smith to pick up where he left off?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @MALARKY: he has one tool really. Don’t see him not using it.

  4. patrickbarnhart says:
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    Rosario or Alex Gordon rest of week for steals?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @patrickbarnhart: I’d probably stick with Rosario. Gordon might not offer much else outside of a couple steals.

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